Ken Gar PowerPoint Presentation

Overview of RAD at Ken Gar

The purpose of this page is to keep HOC stakeholders constantly informed during its transition to Project-Based Vouchers through the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program; however, it is specifically designed for all households affected by the conversion.

Property specific key developments, start and completion dates, vital contact information, and when possible, pictures or samples are provided in the Fact Sheet for all phases of the project. The information presented will inform residents about RAD and will help them engage with the agency throughout the transition process. All RAD-related information pertaining to HOC can be located on this page.

Please bookmark this page and check back for the latest RAD updates affecting your property. The page will be updated on an as needed basis. A weekly visit to the RAD webpage is recommended to remain informed on all developments.

June 8, 2015 RAD Meeting


On June 8, 2015, HOC held a meeting for Parkway Woods and Ken Gar residents at the agency’s main office in Kensington. The meeting was facilitated by Ellen Goff and Jay Shepherd from HOC’s Real Estate Development. Staff from HOC’s Resident Services, Property Management and Legislative and Public Affairs were also present.

The meeting opened with an update on the project and relocation. Residents have received and turned in surveys which listed their preferences regarding temporary or permanent relocation during RAD construction.


Portfolio Information Manager Ellen Goff told residents it may be easier for them to relocate to a renovated unit because it will be upgraded and will only require one move. However, residents are allowed to return to their current units after the renovation if they prefer. If residents choose to keep their current unit, they must move everything out prior to the start of the renovation. HOC will find temporary units for residents during the renovation process and provide all moving materials. If you are relocated to a larger unit, your rent will stay the same. New units will soon be available in Germantown and Gaithersburg.


Relocation notices were distributed to residents at the meeting and will be mailed to all residents of Ken Gar and Parkway Woods.


Senior Financial Analyst Jay Shepherd told the audience that renovations will start first at Parkway Woods in the next three weeks. Ken Gar renovations are expected to begin the week of July 13th. Vacant units will be renovated first and work is expected to take approximately 30 days per unit. All renovations should be finished by early September.


Questions & Answers:


Q: Will washers and dryers be stackable?

A: Most washers and dryers will be stacked inside the unit. However, some units will have enough space for side-by-side laundry appliances.


Q: Will more handicapped parking spots be added to Ken Gar?

A: HOC is required to have a percentage of handicapped parking spots based on the property population. Residents will be given parking stickers to display on their vehicles. A sign will be posted to warn violators that towing is enforced.


Q: May I see a unit designed for someone who has mobility impairment?

A: HOC has a mobility unit at Seneca Ridge recently renovated available for showing. Please contact the Real Estate Development office or Property Management for more information.


Phase One: Application Submission

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved the RAD application, submitted by HOC, for Ken Gar on December 18, 2013.

Phase Two: Planning the Renovation

HOC began planning the property’s renovation on February 1, 2014. Developing an efficient renovation plan will took approximately six months to complete.

Planning the Renovation Updates

  • HOC’s Commissioners approved the development and financial plan for the property.
  •  HOC will submit its plan to HUD on August 15, 2014.
  • HUD will review and provide feedback to the agency within 90 days of submission, or by November 14, 2014.
  • It is predicted that HUD will submit a RAD Conversion Commitment (RCC) to HOC on November 15, 2015. The RCC is HUD’s formal approval to begin RAD conversion and renovations.

Phase Three: Start Renovations

Contractor Information

To be determined.

Contact Information

HOC’s commitment is to remain transparent and keep all stakeholders informed of RAD-related developments. Most importantly, HOC is committed to keeping affected households actively involved in the conversion process. Below is key contact information for RAD-related questions, concerns, or comments.

Contact person for renovation plan feedback: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact person during renovations: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming RAD Meetings

HOC is in the process of scheduling a resident meeting for households affected by the RAD program. The meeting will take place during the month of November. The exact date is yet to be determined; however, HOC will be immediately post the date once it is finalized.